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Thursday, September 8 • 1:45pm - 3:10pm
It's all about the Fundamentals: How Local Governments Support Economic Competitiveness by Putting Users First 75% FULL

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How are local governments supporting the creation of new businesses and growth of existing ones through redesigning core economic development services? Who within government is driving this change? And a first for many governments, putting the needs of their citizens and businesses first!

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Efrem Bycer

Director of Economic Development, Code for America
Efrem leads Code for America's efforts in helping governments better leverage open data and civic technology to support their economic development efforts. Prior to joining CfA in May 2015, Efrem was a manager of economic development at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, where he led EDC's work on public policy, global strategic initiatives, and select industries, including life sciences, clean technology and craft beer... Read More →

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John Keisler

Director of the Innovation Team, City of Long Beach
John Keisler is the Director of the Innovation Team and has lived in Long Beach for the past 12 years. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy. Over the years, he’s led multiple change-management projects throughout the City, serving as the Animal Care Services Bureau Manager, Business Operations Manager for the Parks, Recreation & Marine Department, and CFO for the Police Department.
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Tess Posner

Director of TechHire, Opportunity@Work
TechHire, Opportunity@Work’s flagship project, is a public-private initiative in American cities, states, and rural communities to to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs. TechHire fills local IT jobs and empowers Americans with the skills they need to fill these jobs, including through new accelerated approaches like “coding boot camps” and high-quality online courses. Tess supports the TechHire initiative... Read More →
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Todd Rufo is the Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development. As Director, Todd oversees Business Attraction and Retention, Small Business, Film, International Trade and Commerce, Workforce Development, and the Neighborhood Development divisions. Todd was previously the Deputy Director for the Department, where he lead the City’s business attraction and retention efforts, with a focus on key business sectors... Read More →

Thursday September 8, 2016 1:45pm - 3:10pm
David Brower Center - Kinzie Room 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704